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    Ukraine Inches Toward NATO, But Membership Not Likely Anytime Soon, Analysts Say
    Dec23

    Ukraine Inches Toward NATO, But Membership Not Likely Anytime Soon, Analysts Say

    Ukraine’s Tuesday vote to drop its “nonaligned” status — a prerequisite for joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization — is threatening to further aggravate tensions with Russia. But it’s not likely we’ll see Ukraine join NATO anytime soon, analysts say. …read more Source: International Business...

    Ukraine Takes Step Toward Joining NATO
    Dec23

    Ukraine Takes Step Toward Joining NATO

    A parliamentary vote to pursue closer ties to the West drew a sharp rebuke from Russia, which called the step counterproductive. …read more Source: The New York...

    Ukrainian parliament has renounced the country’s “non-aligned” status with the aim of eventually joining NATO
    Dec23

    Ukrainian parliament has renounced the country’s “non-aligned” status with the aim of eventually joining NATO

    Kiev first announced its intention of seeking the protection of NATO membership in August, following what it deemed the open participation of Russia’s military in a separatist war in Ukraine’s eastern provinces. …read more Source: Ukrainian Diaspora in Canada and...

    Russia Tells State-Owned Business Giants to Sell Cash to Prop Up Ruble
    Dec23

    Russia Tells State-Owned Business Giants to Sell Cash to Prop Up Ruble

    MOSCOW—Russia has ordered five of the country’s major state-controlled exporters to sell excess currency reserves in its latest attempt to shore up the ruble, which has endured big losses this year in the wake of sliding oil prices. The Russian government published an order on its website Tuesday, instructing gas giant Gazprom, oil...

    Drama in the skies in 2014
    Dec23

    Drama in the skies in 2014

    Lucy Nicholson/Reuters MALAYSIA AIRLINES MH17 On July 17, pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine allegedly shot down a commercial jet travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew. Questions swirled about how a ragtag group of separatists who apparently couldn’t tell military jets from passenger planes...

    High School Revisited: Kim Jong Un Gets an Invite from Russia
    Dec23

    High School Revisited: Kim Jong Un Gets an Invite from Russia

    It’s possible to see North Korea’s alleged cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment as little more than high schoolers intercepting notes sent from desk to desk during class when the teacher wasn’t looking. But geo-strategically, the schoolhouse drama ratcheted up Monday, when the Russians confirmed that they have invited Kim...

    Ukraine votes to move toward NATO, infuriating Russia
    Dec23

    Ukraine votes to move toward NATO, infuriating Russia

    Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday voted to drop the country’s non-aligned status, allowing it to work towards NATO membership. While Kiev hailed the move as historic, Russia did not mince words in voicing its opposition to Ukraine’s pivot towards NATO and the West. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the move...

    Russia Forms Alliance With 4 Ex-Soviet Nations
    Dec23

    Russia Forms Alliance With 4 Ex-Soviet Nations

    MOSCOW—The leaders of Russia and four other ex-Soviet nations have completed the creation of a new ambitious alliance intended to bolster their economic integration. The Eurasian Economic Union, which includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, comes to existence on Jan. 1. In addition to free trade, it’s to coordinate the...

    Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union starts in 2015 with curtailed ambitions
    Dec23

    Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union starts in 2015 with curtailed ambitions

    MOSCOW — It was to have been Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top foreign policy triumph: a grand alliance to rival to the European Union, stretching from Ukraine to the Pacific.But with conflict engulfing Ukraine, the pact that will go into effect on Jan. 1 is a more modest version of Putin’s lofty vision. On Tuesday, the leaders...

    Ukraine takes step toward NATO membership
    Dec23

    Ukraine takes step toward NATO membership

    Ukraine’s parliament voted 303-9 on Tuesday to abandon its nonaligned status. …read more Source: USA...